Adm. Charles Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard, has tested positive for COVID-19. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other Pentagon leaders began quarantine in accordance with CDC guidelines, as a result of their exposure to Ray. The list includes Vice Chairman Gen. John E. Hyten, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael A. Gilday, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles O. Brown, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Daniel R, Hokanson, U.S. Cyber Command chief Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, and Marine Corps Vice Commandant Gen. Gary L. Thomas. Early reports state that Ray was tested Oct. 5 after he felt mild symptoms of the disease.
“We are conducting additional contact tracing and taking appropriate precautions to protect the force and the mission,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said. “There is no change to the operational readiness or mission capability of the U.S. armed forces. Senior military leaders are able to remain fully mission-capable and perform their duties from an alternative work location.”